on November 25, 2019 by Sean Michael Milligan in Journal, Comments (0)


In previous entries, I’ve talked a big game about bias in news articles, but I got a reality check when I spoke to my final interviewee for my second story: a dedicated non-voter. I wrote about student political engagement, and I assumed the spectrum of opinions would run from highly engaged to simply apathetic. I didn’t at all suspect that there would be those who actively chose not to vote.

It ended up being a good thing, I think—the story took on a broader scope than it would’ve had otherwise as I looked up anti-voting articles as sources. There are some interesting perspectives presented by those who choose not to vote. The experience, though, highlighted for me that there’s almost always some angle not being considered, and it’s a journalist’s job to seek out as many of those angles as possible.

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